Updated: June 13, 2017 | 13:47
Another Olympics is over and the Great Britain team has its best results for one hundred years (since the London games of 1908). I am not a great sports fan, so what does this have to do with me, Serrapeptase, Curcumin, MaxiFocus or any other part of My Serrapeptase Adventure?
Like many people, who do not think of themselves as dedicated sports watchers, I take more interest in the Olympics than in any other sport event. One reason for me never having taken much notice of sport before my eyesight began improving, in late 2006, is that I literally could not see well enough to follow many sports. It was always particularly difficult to focus on more than one person, or object, in order to make sense of the game. Although I have always enjoyed radio, I have never found the commentaries exciting, or detailed enough to be of much interest to me.
Since I have been reporting on my improving eyesight from November 2006, and that it has been ‘within normal range’ since 2007, you might think it had no more surprises in store. As I began watching the BBC’s coverage of the first day of sporting action I noticed something very different and, for me, very exciting. I was, for the first time ever, able to recognise individual athletes, and to follow them around as they moved. For the first time ever, I was following live sporting action and finding that looking at it actually makes things clearer.
It reminded me of something that one of my blind friends from college used to say. He had not always been blind, but his sight had always been poor, so he often said that, even before he was blind, he could see more clearly (in his mind) with his eyes closed, than he could with them open. Ever since, with my limited vision, I had always agreed with him. Now, at the beginning of the Beijing Olympics of 2008, and for the first time in my life, watching things and people moving around without being able to predict where they would go really was fun.
I doubt that I will ever become a confirmed sports fan, but it is a simple, but real, pleasure to be able to understand, at last, what everyone around me is talking about when they try to convince me how exciting their chosen sport can be.